Students celebrate employability award success

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 15, 2012 02:44 PM |
Celebratory evening for 600 recipients of ‘The Leicester Award’.

The Leicester Award for Employability consists of a range of employability courses and programmes available to University of Leicester students, designed to help them develop, assess, recognise and record the employability skills they gain through extra-curricular activities during their time here.

So congratulations to the more than 600 students who completed the Leicester Award in 2011/12, many of whom attended a celebration evening with the Vice-Chancellor last night.

Deputy Director of Careers, Stuart Johnson kicked off the evening by congratulating everyone and reminding them of the positive correlation between completing the Leicester Award and being in graduate employment six months after graduation.

Programme Coordinator Zara Hooley went on to re-cap some of the year’s highlights, including the newest programme, the Leicester Award for Industry Awareness, developed in partnership with Next. On this programme, students undertake real world business challenges and get feedback from the company itself.

After hearing from some of the students about their take on the Leicester Award, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, handed out the certificates and gave his congratulations, including giving Distinction Awards to a handful of students who ‘went above and beyond’ or received excellent marks.

With 2012/13 set to be an even bigger year for the Award (the aim is to offer 1,000 student places) many more Leicester students are set to benefit from the programme.

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